HR downsizing


Case Assignment

For each Case question below, select three articles (published within the past five years), each from different peer-reviewed academic journals/magazines. [Utilize peer-reviewed academic journal/magazine publications you find through the Trident Online Library.] Find articles that specifically address the following questions regarding the impact of downsizing on the organization and its employees:

  1. Why do firms downsize?
  2. What are the consequences to a community when a firm downsizes?
  3. Evaluate one example of an employer where downsizing was necessary and what its impact was on employees and business.

In your 5-page submission (not counting the cover page), briefly address the three questions about downsizing, then (in the same document) create a bibliography of the nine peer-reviewed academic journal articles that includes a properly formatted reference followed by not less than a half-page paragraph describing the article in your own words, repeating the process until all nine references are inserted and discussed.

Questions to address in your paragraphs include:

  1. The main concept of this article is….
  2. The article is important and adds to the current research literature on the concept because…
  3. The article is valid for research on this topic because…
  4. An area that will continue to add to the researchers’ work is…
  5.  I found the ______________ section of this article to be extremely interesting and would recommend this article to others researching in the HR/OB disciplines.

No reference page is needed for this assignment because the references are a part of the Bibliography. Please read the Grading Rubric for Information Literacy before submitting your paper. Submit the assignment by inserting it into the appropriate drop box by the due date and time.

Citation and reference style instructions are available at Also see Trident University’s Student Guide to Writing a High-Quality Academic Paper.

You will find the following useful as you critique sources:

Cornell University. (2015). Critically analyzing information sources: Critical appraisal and analysis. Retrieved from

Cornell University. (2014). Evaluating Web sites: Criteria and tools. Retrieved from

Assignment Expectations

Your assignment submission should be 5 pages, and will be assessed on:

  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Access and use information ethically and legally
  • Timeliness
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